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On sustainable robotics

The climate emergency brooks no compromise: every human activity or artefact is either part of the solution or it is part of the problem.I've worried about the sustainability of consumer electronics f...
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AI and the Law, with Nicolas Economou

In this episode Andrew Vaziri speaks with Nicolas Economou, CEO of the eDiscovery company H5 and co-founder and chair of the Science, Law and Society Initiative at The Future Society, a 501c3 think ta...
02 May 2018, by
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eSIM in Wearable Technology, with Karl Weaver

In this episode, Audrow Nash speaks with Karl Weaver (魏卡爾), formerly the Original Equipment Manufacturer Business Development Director for Oasis Smart SIM. Weaver discusses how wearable technolo...
05 February 2018, by

Is AI powered government worth it?

From the Australian government’s new “data-driven profiling” trial for drug testing welfare recipients, to US law enforcement’s use of facial recognition technology and the deployment of propr...
27 July 2017, by

Asimov’s Laws won’t stop robots harming humans so we’ve developed a better solution

By Christoph Salge, Marie Curie Global Fellow, University of Hertfordshire How do you stop a robot from hurting people? Many existing robots, such as those assembling cars in factories, shut down ...
17 July 2017, by

IROS Workshop: Best practices in designing roadmaps for robotics innovation

Join us at the 2017 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2017) for a full day workshop that will bring together international stakeholders in robotics to examine ...
16 July 2017, by and


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Does AI pose a threat to society?

Last week I had the pleasure of debating the question "does AI pose a threat to society?" with friends and colleagues Christian List, Maja Pantic and Samantha Payne. The event was organised by the B...
03 May 2017, by

The legal issues of robotics

Robots are the technology of the future. But the current legal system is incapable of handling them. This generic statement is often the premise for considerations about the possibility of awarding ri...
06 April 2017, by

Artificial people: How will the law adapt to intelligent systems?

Robotics technology is no longer limited to industry. Climate Controls, 3D printers, surveillance robots, drones, household and even sex robots are entering the private market. The more autonomous the...

Should an artificial intelligence be allowed to get a patent?

Whether an A.I. ought to be granted patent rights is a timely question given the increasing proliferation of A.I. in the workplace. Examples: Daimler-Benz has tested self-driving trucks on public road...
09 March 2017, by

At what point should an intelligent machine be considered a person?

Science fiction likes to depict robots as autonomous machines, capable of making their own decisions and often expressing their own personalities. Yet we also tend to think of robots as property, and ...
22 February 2017, by

Technical challenges in machine ethics

Machine ethics offers an alternative solution for artificial intelligence (AI) safety governance. In order to mitigate risks in human-robot interactions, robots will have to comply with humanity’s e...
08 February 2017, by

Artificial intelligence and ethics: Who does the thinking?

On the 15th November 2016, the IEEE’s AI and Ethics Summit posed the question: “Who does the thinking?” In a series of key-note speeches and lively panel discussions, leading technologists, leg...
27 January 2017, by

The infrastructure of life part 1: Safety

Part 1: Autonomous Systems and Safety We all rely on machines. All aspects of modern life, from transport to energy, work to welfare, play to politics depend on a complex infrastructure of physical...
26 January 2017, by

Responsive and Responsible Leadership given prominance at #WEF17 World Economic Forum

The population of the scenic ski-resort Davos, nestled in the Swiss Alps, swelled by nearly +3,000 people between the 17th and 20th of January. World leaders, academics, business tycoons, press and in...
20 January 2017, by

MIT Media Lab to participate in $27 million initiative on AI ethics and governance

The MIT Media Lab and the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University will serve as the founding anchor institutions for a new initiative aimed at bridging the gap between the ...
10 January 2017, by

A report on the ELS Workshop 2016

The Ethical, Legal and Social Aspects of Social Robots in Healthcare and Education Workshop (also called ELS Workshop) was held in Yokohama the 14th Nov 2016 during the JSAI-isAI Conference. The works...

Looking towards service robotics in 2017

Sophisticated household robots are only just starting to show up in our lives, but all the building blocks for a veritable “Cambrian explosion” of robotics are there, as Gill Pratt described it wh...
30 December 2016, by

Ethically Aligned Design

Having been involved in roboethics for some years, I was delighted when the IEEE launched its initiative on Ethical Considerations in AI and Autonomous Systems, early this year. Especially so because ...
27 December 2016, by

Robots at your service: Empowering healthy aging at European Robotics Week, 2016

The European Robotics Week in 2016 took place from 18 to 22 November in several countries including The Netherlands, Austria, Lithuania, Norway, Portugal, Serbia and many more. This event has been occ...
08 December 2016, by

Automation should complement professional expertise, not replace it

Will your next doctor be an app? A cost-cutting NHS wants more patients to act as “self-carers,” with some technologized assistance. A series of flowcharts and phone trees might tell parents whose...
19 October 2016, by

WeRobot 2015 Keynote: The future of robotics, with R2D2 maker Tony Dyson

UPDATED 4 Mar: We're sad to report that Professor Tony Dyson, who built the original Star Wars R2-D2 droid, has died. We’re reposting this excellent video of his keynote at WeRobot to highlight his...
04 March 2016, by

Two New Year’s resolutions for developers of automated vehicles

In the spirit of the New Year, and especially in the wake of California's draft rules for the (theoretical) operation of automated motor vehicles, I offer two resolutions for any serious developer of ...
12 January 2016, by

On the ethics of research in robotics, with Raja Chatila

In this video lecture, IEEE Fellow Raja Chatila shares his views on [tweetquote]why roboticists are duty-bound to educate the wider public on the state of advanced robotics[/tweetquote], and also t...

Robo-Wars: The regulation of robotic weapons

Robotic weapons, whether autonomous or remote controlled, have generated widespread controversy in recent years. Alex Leveringhaus, James Martin Fellow, Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed ...

Japan’s new robotics push: Funding and deregulation

 In June, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he wanted to treble the market for robots in Japan to $22 billion by 2020. Last month, the government launched a "robot revolution realization council...
25 November 2014, by

Livestream: Cato Institute on “Policy implications of self-driving cars”

October 14, 2014 12:00PM EST Featuring Randal O’Toole, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute; Marc Scribner, Research Fellow, Competitive Enterprise Institute; and Adam Thierer, Senior Research Fellow, ...
14 October 2014, by

How important is the FAA’s first commercial licence approval?

On June 10th, the FAA issued a press release announcing their approval of the first commercial UAS flight over land. According to Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, this represented an "important ...
16 June 2014, by

While the cat’s away, the mice play: What the drone delivery biz is doing while FAA ruling is under appeal

The Federal Aviation Administration’s rules on civilian use are currently on hold by a federal court, and in the interim, companies are scrambling to take advantage of using drones to deliver produc...
13 June 2014, by

An ethical dilemma: When robot cars must kill, who should pick the victim?

Image credit: Craig Berry We are moving closer to having driverless cars on roads everywhere, and naturally, people are starting to wonder what kinds of ethical challenges driverless cars will pose. ...
11 June 2014, by







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